• Paul Harnik - Earth & Environment
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Earth and Environment

717-358-5946

cnhy.uneavx@snaqz.rqh

Office: Hackman P126

Biography

 

Professor Harnik is a paleontologist interested in the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in the world's oceans. Harnik received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, after which he conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University. His scholarship has concentrated on the biotic and abiotic drivers of extinction and speciation over geologic time, in particular the evolutionary consequences of rarity. His current research focuses on using paleontological models to predict the response of modern marine ecosystems to current and future environmental change and integrating fossil and molecular data in macroevolutionary analyses.

His full CV can be viewed here.

Latest News

 
Story 8/26/2015

New paper: clams and brachiopods are more than ships that...

What roles have ecological interactions played in the long-term extinction and origination dynamics of marine animals and how do these compare with the effects of global environmental changes? In a...

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Story 8/1/2015

Fieldwork in the Big Bend region of Florida

July 16: Our first day on Florida State University’s research vessel, the Apalachee, was cancelled due to strong winds and rough seas.  We used this day to sleep in (just a little bit) and process...

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Story 8/1/2015

Fieldwork in Florida: Our First Two Days

After weeks of coordinating, our group was set for fieldwork at two marine labs in Florida. We left Lancaster Sunday July 12 and after a sleepy drive to Baltimore airport, we boarded our flight to...

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Education

 

B.A., Geology, Oberlin College

Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago

Postdoctoral research, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Postdoctoral reserach, The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

Research

Conservation Paleobiology
Extinction
Biodiversity
Macroevolution
Paleoecology

Publications

 

Finnegan, S.*, S.C. Anderson*, P.G. Harnik*, C. Simpson, D.P. Tittensor, J.E. Byrnes, Z.V. Finkel, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, H.K. Lotze, C.M. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, and J.M. Pandolfi. 2015. Paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans. Science 348:567-570. (* Authors contributed equally.) link

Hoehn, K.B., P.G. Harnik, and V.L. Roth. 2015. A framework for detecting natural selection on traits above the species level. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. link

Liow, L.H., T. Reitan, and P.G. Harnik. 2015. Ecological interactions on macroevolutionary time scales: clams and brachiopods are more than ships that pass in the night. Ecology Letters. link

Orzechowski, E.A., R. Lockwood, J. Byrnes, S.C. Anderson, S. Finnegan, Z.V. Finkel, P.G. Harnik, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, H.K. Lotze, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor. 2015. Marine extinction risk shaped by trait-environment interactions over 500 million years. Global Change Biology. link

Harnik, P.G., P.C. Fitzgerald, J.L. Payne, and S.J. Carlson. 2014. Phylogenetic signal in extinction selectivity in Devonian terebratulide brachiopods. Paleobiology 40:675-692. link

Harnik, P.G., C. Simpson, and J.L. Payne. 2012. Long-term differences in extinction risk among the seven forms of rarity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 279:4969-4976. link

Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C. Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, C.M. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O’Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor. 2012. Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:608-617. link

Harnik, P.G. 2011. Direct and indirect effects of biological factors on extinction risk in fossil bivalves. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:13594-13599. link

Harnik, P.G., and R. Lockwood. 2011. Part N, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 24: Extinction in the marine Bivalvia. Treatise Online 29:1-24 (an online journal presenting chapters of upcoming volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology). PDF

Harnik, P.G., D. Jablonski, A.Z. Krug, and J.W. Valentine. 2010. Genus age, provincial area and the taxonomic structure of marine faunas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 277:3427-3435. link

Harnik, P.G. 2009. Unveiling rare diversity by integrating museum, literature, and field data. Paleobiology 35(2): 190-208. link

Simpson, C., and P.G. Harnik. 2009. Assessing the role of abundance in marine bivalve extinction over the post-Paleozoic. Paleobiology 35(4):631-647. link

Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2004. Models of inquiry-based science outreach to urban schools. Journal of Geoscience Education 52(5): 420-428. link

Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2003. Developing effective K-16 geoscience research partnerships. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 5-8. link

Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2003. Assessing data accuracy when involving students in authentic paleontological research. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 76-84. link

Ross, R.M., Harnik, P.G., Allmon, W.D., Sherpa, J.M., Goldman, A.M., Nester, P.L., and J.J. Chiment. 2003. The Mastodon Matrix Project as an experiment with large-scale collaboration in paleontological research. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 39-47. link

Simonson, B.M., and P.G. Harnik. 2000. Have distal impact ejecta changed through geologic time? Geology 28(11): 975-978. link

Student Collaborations

Student Theses / Independent Studies/ Summer Students Advised:

2015. Jared Brush, Geosciences

2015. Morgan Torstenson, Geosciences

2015. Mario Williams, Environmental Science

2014. Rebekah Riemann, Geosciences

2014. Timothy Smith, Geosciences

 

  • Summer 2014 Hackman paleo scholars

Course Information

ENV/GEO 114 - Earth, Environment and Humanity


GEO 221 - History of the Earth

BIO/ENV/GEO 275 - Conservation Paleobiology

  • Conservation Paleobiology Weekend Fieldtrip